Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!

  
  

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Oct. 1, 2017 - Oct. 1, 2017, 7;00am - 4:pm
Ottawa YMCA, 201 East Jackson Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
• The 28th Pumpkin Pie Bicycle Ride, is organized by the Starved Rock Cycling Association. The Ride takes place in scenic North Central Illinois. • Pre-Registration: $23.00 by September 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm • OPTIONAL: Additional $16.00 - Short Sleeved T-Shirts guaranteed when ordered prior to the close of pre-registration on 9-15-17 at 11:59 pm. Please specify quantity and sizes on registration form T-Shirts the day of the ride - $20.00 Supply will be limited • $30.00 if Received After 11:59 pm September 15, 2017 (no T shirt option available with late registration). Late online registration closes September 28, 11:59 p.m. Individuals who do not make this deadline can register day of the ride for $30.00, pre registration strongly encouraged save yourself $7.00 • Children 12 and under $5.00 • SORRY NO REFUNDS • Registration includes: Pumpkin Pie after the ride, rest stops with fresh baked cookies and other food items, hydration, maps and cue sheets. Routes are color coded with Dan Henry markings, showers available at the YMCA (bring towel) Please note: The YMCA closes at 5:00 pm, please be finished by then. • Routes include but are not limited to Road Rides 25, 45, 63, 100 mile routes, with light traffic and rolling hills. SRCA Reserves the unconditional right to modify the route and itinerary, without prior notice, due to weather, river, road, or other unpredictable conditions. Registration Opens at 7 AM (100 milers encouraged to begin at 7:15) Shorter routes can leave later, please try to leave by 10 am. • All rest stops close at 3:00 PM, SAG ends for all riders at 3:30 PM. Please be back to the YMCA prior to close at 5pm. (getting back late, may negate pumpkin pie, don't let that happen to you!) • ALL riders must pick up numbers day of registration and wear. This also helps to track you in case of emergencies. • NO Headphones, all riders must obey the rules of the road. HELMETS REQUIRED. Additional Parking in City of Ottawa Lot on Columbus between Jefferson and Jackson Street, or Marquette High School, part in please do not the Sr high rise lot next to Y, or in church parking lot. (please car pool with friends if you can) ...See event description. Event Type: Sports
Phone: (999) 999-9999
Area: Ottawa

Now - Sep. 4, 2017, Wednesday-Sunday and summer holidays noon to 5pm0
Wheels O' Time Museum, 1710 W. Woodside Dr. (Rt. 40 & W. Woodside Dr.), Dunlap, IL 61525
Museum has 30,000 sq ft of exhibits in 4 buildings.Something for all ages. Many interactive displays of manufacturing the past 50-100 years in Peoria area. Cars, Steam locomotive, Cat tractors, model trains, toys, dolls, WMBD radio station and so much more to see;...Free for ACTIVE Military others $7 adults, $3.50 ages 3-11. Event Type: Family
Phone: 309-243-9020
Area: Peoria

Now - Jul. 1, 2017, 7:30pm, Friday, June 23rd 7:30pm, Saturday, June 24th 2:00pm, Sunday, June 25th 7:30pm, Tuesday, Jun
Festival 56's Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., PRINCETON, IL 61356
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs 'em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that's anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you thought you knew - the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. These royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you. What you thought about princesses will never be the same! This show contains adult humor and language....Tickets are $29, $26 (seniors 65+) and $14 for students, with a $5 Seussical™ special for children . Event Type: Entertainment
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Phone: 8158795656
Area: Princeton

Jun. 30, 2017 - Jun. 30, 2017, 9pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
See what comes to life after dark! Experience the magic of seeing hundreds of luminescent lightning bugs and other neat nocturnal animals....$1. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Jul. 1, 2017 - Jul. 1, 2017, 10:00-11:30am
Camp Wokanda, 620 Boy Scout Rd, Chillicothe, IL 61523
Get your feet wet! Join others for a hike of the scenic creek of Camp Wokanda and discover what stories lie hidden in the rocks. Sturdy shoes, water, and a snack are recommended. Meet at the Nature Lab....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-579-2157
Area: Peoria

Jul. 1, 2017 - Jul. 1, 2017, 10:00am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Bird watching is a wonderful way to relax and learn about the natural world. Learn the basics of bird watching following by a brief hike to spot some in the woods....donations appreciated. Event Type: Educational
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Jul. 1, 2017 - Jul. 1, 2017, 10 am to 4 pm
Streator City Park, 300 N Park St, Streator, IL 61364
Streator Tourism will hold its Third Annual Pluto Fest on Saturday July 1st from 10 - 4 at the Streator City Park. The festival features a Homebrew Tasting hosted by local club ALES. Musical entertainment offered by Radium City Rebels with their 50’s style Rock n’ Roll/ Rockabilly sounds. The event also features the acoustic sounds of newcomer cover artist Hunter Edwards. Crafters and vendors will display their wares along with food vendors; Pico de Gallo, Country Girl Catering, Cruisin’ Concessions and BS Dinky Donuts providing tasty selections. Streator Downtown Farmers Market will offer goods from 9 – 1. Pluto items such as t-shirts, stamps, pint glasses and a limited number of special edition stainless steel Pluto ornaments will be available to purchase and visitors should be sure to check out the many items offered at the raffle tables. Kids can enjoy face painting and cool magic tricks by Mark the Magician. Dare2Care-Buddy’s Purpose & Dusty Roads will be joining along with the Billboard Ambulance and information on Drug Awareness. A special highlight this year will be the reveal of the much-anticipated Pluto Sculpture before it is moved to its permanent home at Anderson Field. The sculpture was a collaborative effort between the City of Streator, Streator Tourism and Streator Dependable Mfg. Sponsors for Pluto Fest include Streator Tourism, ALES, How You Brewin - Streator, Tangled Roots- Ottawa, Streator Dependable and Anthony Liftgate – Pontiac. All proceeds to benefit the 2018 Streator Walldog Mural project. ... Event Type: Entertainment
Phone: 815-672-2055
Area: Streator

Jul. 3, 2017 - Jul. 3, 2017, 4-10pm
Glen Oak Park & Amphitheatre, 2218 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603
Bring blankets and lawn chairs to see the show and enjoy food from vendors. Fireworks begin when it’s dark....free. Event Type: Festival
Phone: 309-681-2865
Area: Peoria

Jul. 8, 2017 - Jul. 8, 2017, 9pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Rd, Peoria, IL 61616
Stroll down a moonlit trail with a naturalist while learning some interesting moon facts. This will be roughly a one-mile hike over some slightly uneven terrain. Look for another hike on August 7....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Jul. 8, 2017 - Jul. 8, 2017, 7:30am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
The early bird may get the worm, but the early rising bird watcher gets to see the best assortment of the Nature Center’s feathered friends! Please bring your own binoculars (we have a few pairs to lend out). All levels of experience are welcome. Look for more Saturday morning Bird Hikes! For ages 10+. More hikes on August 12 & September 2....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Jul. 13, 2017 - Jul. 13, 2017, 2-4PM or 6-8PM
Illinois Valley Yacht and Canoe Club, 5102 North Gelena Road, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
All are invited to come learn and discuss the planning process of the Peoria Lakes Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, Peoria Lakes Basin Alliance, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers are joining forces to engage the public and regional stake holders in the development of a comprehensive conservation plan for the Peoria Lakes. The purpose of this planning process is to develop a set of strategies to address Peoria Lakes' environmental challenges and identify opportunities to preserve the natural environment of the Illinois River and the Peoria Lakes for current and future generations to use. ...Free. Event Type: Educational
Phone: (309) 673-9330
Area: Peoria

Jul. 15, 2017 - Jul. 15, 2017, 7pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Songs from the Woods Concert Series will feature Mike Cheesman in July. Mike Cheesman is an Englishman whose guitar style as well as his relaxed delivery has endeared him to audiences wherever he performs. Mike has a passion for history and storytelling. ...$8-$10. Event Type: Entertainment
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Jul. 15, 2017 - Jul. 15, 2017, 10am
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Explore the tall-grass prairie as species sprout, bloom and go to seed. Discover this colorful habitat that once covered two-thirds of Illinois. These Walks will take place July 15 & 19, and August 2 & 5....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Jul. 15, 2017 - Jul. 16, 2017, July 15: 9am-4pm; July 16: Noon-4pm
Camp Wokanda, 620 Boy Scout Rd, Chillicothe, IL 61523
Join Wokanda staff and campers from the past 80 years to revisit where cherished memories and friendships were made. Enjoy self-guided camp tours, Camp Wokanda memorabilia and collections. Rent a canoe for half price ($5/canoe) on Saturday and enjoy open fishing on Sunday. Look on page 9 of the Summer Playbook to see how to receive a discount on cabin or campsite rental. For more information, visit Camp Wokanda on Facebook or email clane@peoriaparks.org....free. Event Type: Family
Phone: 309-579-2157
Area: Peoria

Jul. 21, 2017 - Jul. 21, 2017, 9pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
See what comes to life after dark! Experience the magic of seeing hundreds of luminescent lightning bugs and other neat nocturnal animals....$1. Event Type: Family
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria